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Fereidoun Esfandiary

Full name: Fereidoun M. Esfandiary
Original name: فریدون اسفندیاری
Other name(s): FM-2030
Gender: Male
Born: October 15, 1930 in Brussels, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Died: July 8, 2000 in Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Country: IRI Iran
Sport: Basketball

Biography

Fereidoun Esfandiary played basketball in the Olympic Games for Iran in 1948, but it was only a footnote to a much larger life. The son of Iranian diplomats, he was born in Belgium and lived in 17 countries as a child. From 1952-54 he served on the United Nations’ Conciliation Commission for Palestine. During the 1960s he wrote several works of fiction, notably The Day of Sacrifice, The Beggar, and Identity Card. In 1970, Esfandiary legally changed his name to FM-2030. He did it because he expected to live to be 100, in 2030, and in order to break free of naming conventions that he considered a relic of humankind’s tribalistic past. He noted, “The name 2030 reflects my conviction that the years around 2030 will be a magical time. In 2030, we will be ageless and everyone will have an excellent chance to live forever. 2030 is a dream and a goal.” FM-2030 taught at the New School for Social Reseach in Manhattan, UCLA, and Florida International University, and served as a corporate consultant to Lockheed, JC Penney, and Rockwell International.

FM-2030 made many predictions of the future and considered himself to have been born in the wrong century, stating, “I am a 21st-century person who was accidentally launched [born] into the 20th. I have a deep nostalgia for the future.” His predictions about future life, that have already come true, included in vitro fertilization, genetic engineering, teleconferencing, teleshopping, and telemedicine. He also predicted what he termed a “Santa Claus machine” that would effectively be a Xerox machine for three-dimensional objects, and thought that free energy from the sun would someday produce limitless resources and limit the need for competition. FM-2030 also began writing non-fiction books in the 1970s, which included Optimism One: The Emerging Radicalism and Are You a Transhuman? Monitoring and Stimulating Your Personal Rate of Growth in a Rapidly Changing World. FM-2030 died from pancreatic cancer in 2000, but in an effort to continue his life, his body was frozen and placed into cryonic suspension at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 17 London Basketball Men's Basketball Iran IRI 14

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1948 Summer 17 London Basketball Iran IRI Final Round Match 15/16 2 1948-08-12 CUB 70, IRI 36
1948 Summer 17 London Basketball Iran IRI Classification Round 9-16 Match #1 2 1948-08-12 CAN 81, IRI 25
1948 Summer 17 London Basketball Iran IRI Classification Round 13-16 Match #2 1 1948-08-12 IRI walkover
1948 Summer 17 London Basketball Iran IRI Group D Match #1 2 1948-08-01 FRA 62, IRI 30
1948 Summer 17 London Basketball Iran IRI Group D Match #6 1 1948-08-04 IRI 49, IRL 22
1948 Summer 17 London Basketball Iran IRI Group D Match #7 2 1948-08-05 MEX 68, IRI 27
1948 Summer 17 London Basketball Iran IRI Group D Match #9 2 1948-08-06 CUB 63, IRI 30